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Kung si Propetang Amos o Exequiel ay mangaral sa Pilipinas ngayon, ganito ang sasabihin niya: Ang salita ng Panginoon ay ipinahayag sa akin nang ganito: "Anak ng Tao, itinalaga kita bilang tagapagbantay ng aking bayan. Ipagsigawan ito mula sa tuktok ng kanilang mga tahanan!" Dumanas nawa kayo ng kasawian, ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsAug 19th, 2018Related News

PH economic resilience depends on concerted effort

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Nestor Espenilla Jr. the past week sent all the right signals concerning the Philippine economy’s prospects in the face of looming external threats. This is reassuring, but only if our leaders in other parts of the government follow the BSP’s lead in taking proactive and cooperative steps to maintain the [...] The post PH economic resilience depends on concerted effort appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsAug 19th, 2018Related News

PH duel vs China ‘just another game’ for debuting Clarkson

JAKARTA---For someone whom Gilas Pilipinas coach Yeng Guiao described as one that "could break down any defense at will," Jordan Clarkson looked so passive offensively in practiceSundayafternoon he bordered on being boring. Guiao, though, in the very short time that he has handled the Cleveland star in the NBA, knows exactly what Clarkson is up to. "It seems as if he's trying to gauge his teammates," Guiao told Filipino scribes who were in Day 4 of the Clarkson watch, as Gilas practiced for two solid hours in preparation for a mammoth contest with tournament favorite China happeningTuesdayafternoon. "You can see him passing more often than taking a shot because he's trying to find o...Keep on reading: PH duel vs China ‘just another game’ for debuting Clarkson.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 19th, 2018Related News

Taulava, PH out to conquer the Great Wall

JAKARTA---Asi Taulava calls himself the "old man" of Gilas Pilipinas. But he still has a very sharp memory. And that keeps the 45-year-old very motivated. "Oh, they're going to get it," Taulava told the Inquirer after practiceon Sundayafternoon, referring to China which he remembers vividly well of trying every trick in the book to slow down a 2015 version of Gilas Pilipinas in the Fiba Asia Championship in Changsha, a progressive town in Hunan province. "They did everything---tear down the goal when we were going to do our shoot-around, making our bus come in late for our trip to the gym. They did everything," Taulava said, referring to the host nation that year that eventually won...Keep on reading: Taulava, PH out to conquer the Great Wall.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 19th, 2018Related News

2 PPP directors slam CEB’s zero grade

Two indie filmmakers, Khavn dela Cruz and Dwein Baltazar, expressed disappointment over the zero grade given by the Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB) to their entries in the ongoing Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP). They also shared with the Inquirer precious lessons on their experiences and hardships at PPP---from the controversy regarding their zero grade from the CEB and the struggle to maintain theaters and attract audiences. A zero grade from the CEB means the film could not avail of tax rebates as follows: 100 percent for Grade A and 65 percent for Grade B. Said Khavn, who fielded "Balangiga: Howling Wilderness": "Sobrang hirap magpalabas ng pelikula sa Pilipinas. Mas ma...Keep on reading: 2 PPP directors slam CEB’s zero grade.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 19th, 2018Related News

PH economic resilience depends on concerted effort

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Nestor Espenilla Jr. the past week sent all the right signals concerning the Philippine economy’s prospects in the face of looming external threats. This is reassuring, but only if our leaders in other parts of the government follow the BSP’s lead in taking proactive and cooperative steps to maintain the… link: PH economic resilience depends on concerted effort.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Aug 19th, 2018Related News

PBA: Coach Yeng on NLEX s 2-0 start: 'Hanap na ako work dito sa Jakarta'

ANTIPOLO CITY --- NLEX is having a dream start in the 2018 Governors' Cup. Without Kiefer Ravena, Kevin Alas, Asi Taulava, and head coach Yeng Guiao, the Road Warriors have two impressive wins in three days to start the season-ending joust, taking over first place with a 2-0 record. The team is doing well without several key pieces, with assistant coach Jojo Lastimosa doing a great job filling in for coach Yeng. After NLEX beat Northport Sunday, 123-107, Coach Jolas read a message from coach Yeng post-game and Guiao is now considering taking job offers in Indonesia. Guiao is currently in Jakarta leading Gilas Pilipinas' campaign in the 2018 Asian Games. The whole thing is a joke of course. "Congrats coach, nice job. Hanap na ako work dito sa Jakarta mukhang di ako kailangan diyan," coach Jolas said as he read coach Yeng's message on his phone. Despite the stellar start with him in charge, Lastimosa is quick to give credit to the entire NLEX coaching staff, adding that it's a complete team effort to keep the team afloat with Guiao out. "This is not my sole responsibility," he said. "I'm just here facing you guys but the other guys have been doing the heavy lifting. I'm just doing the subs and I have to aske them if it's okay if they say don't, then I won't put the guys in. A lot of preparation happens in practice and the other coaches are really, really working," Lastimosa added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 19th, 2018Related News

TRIB TEASE

Direk Xian debuts in Cinemalaya 2019 It seems that actor Xian Lim is not afraid to get out of his comfort zone. This year, he was one of the actors who tried their hands at semi-professional basketball league as one of the players for the Mandaluyong El Tigre club at the inaugural Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsAug 19th, 2018Related News

TV only thing missing in Asiad Athletes Village

JAKARTA---The Athletes Village, which is close to one hour away from the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, will be home to close to 11,000 athletes for the duration of the Asian Games, and just like how the organizers have handled the media, they seem to have done a good job at it. Unless, of course, if you're an oversized basketball player. "It's good, comfortable," Gilas Pilipinas coach Yeng Guiao told the Inquirer. "For me, I'm a normal sized guy. But for our other players, and most especially the other countries like China and Iran, their players will find it hard to fit in the beds." Other than that, some of the Filipino athletes the Inquirer was able to talk to are fine with it. "Th...Keep on reading: TV only thing missing in Asiad Athletes Village.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 18th, 2018Related News

Bigwigs pull the plug on noisy celeb’s campaign

Seems Bodacious Celebrity is hell-bent on milking every ounce of notoriety from a dubious venture. Wily Bigwigs sensed BC's nefarious plan to upstage everyone, including major stars, and swiftly pulled the plug on the scheme. They instructed underlings to downplay BC's existence and hype the true luminaries, instead. Of course, BC found a way around the ban. Ever creative and combustible, BC started several small-time skirmishes---just to hog the spotlight, which should be diverted to other more pressing issues. No-talent fee Look who's back with a vengeance. Just when everyone thought Raucous Wrangler was a has-been, the controversial personality managed to bounce back in hi...Keep on reading: Bigwigs pull the plug on noisy celeb’s campaign.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 18th, 2018Related News

More rate hikes likely as inflation peaks

Inflation will like get worse over the next two months, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas warned on Friday, but noted that relief from the unrelenting price hikes since the start of this year might f.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsAug 18th, 2018Related News

Breaking Down Gilas vs Kazakhstan

From the get-go, it was obvious that this iteration of Gilas Pilipinas would be a bit different. Coach Yeng Guiao, who could have opted on a more offensively potent starting unit, decided to go with familiarity and defense, starting three players from the Rain or Shine core in Gabe Norwood, Maverick Ahanmisi, and Beau Belga, and inserting JP Erram at center and Stanley Pringle at the point guard spot. The effect was immediately evident, as the corner triple from Norwood off a Pringle assist in the first play of the game set the tone. The trio of Norwood-Ahanmisi-Pringle showed why they are probably one of the strongest, more athletic, quick, and defensive-minded perimeter trios that Gilas has fielded in recent years. Practically switching everything on the outside, they did not allow Kazakhstan any room to operate, nor to get any rhythm from the field while forcing multiple turnovers, with Ahanmisi getting two steals that led to transition layups early. It was a 12-2 start for the Philippines before Kazakhstan could blink. The only thing going for the opposing team was their offensive rebounding, albeit these only prevented further transition baskets from the Philippines, as the Kazakhs couldn’t convert on the put backs. One thing Gilas has to adjust to however, is the way the international referees call the game, as their bigs – Almazan and Belga – got into foul trouble early, and penalty situation allowed Kazakhstan to make some headway from the line despite shooting just 1/13 from the field in the first. It was a low scoring first quarter, with Gilas held scoreless for the last 4 minutes and Kazakhstan unable to capitalize on the penalty situation, missing multiple charities. The quarter ended 16-9, Philippines. The second quarter started with Kazakhstan giving up their 7th turnover, which would be a recurring theme throughout the game thanks to Gilas’ defensive pressure. With 6 steals through the first 15 minutes of the game, Gilas prevented their opponents from getting any rhythm offensively, despite Rustam Yergali coming out more aggressive on the offensive end.  James Yap came off the bench and poured in 7 points in the first half, hitting 1 of Gilas’ 6 first half triples. They were 6/19 from deep while holding Kazakhstan, who is known for their outside shooting, to 1/12 at the half. Defense was once again the key in the 2nd quarter, as Gilas allowed just 11 Kazakhstan points, with themselves scoring 25. They forced 15 turnovers with 11 steals total in the first half, scoring 18 turnover points as a result; while they themselves committed just 5 turnovers, yielding 0 turnover points for the Kazakhs. The only downside was they gave up 18 freethrows to Kazakhstan, who luckily only converted on 11 of them. The half ended with the Philippines holding a commanding 21-pt lead, 41-20. Stanley Pringle was impressive to say the least, running the offense and controlling the pace of the game, living up to the all the accolades thrown his way prior to the Asiad. Kazakhstan came out of the halftime huddle with a lot more urgency, employing full court pressure all throughout the 3rd quarter, and outscoring Gilas 9-5 in the first 2 1/2 minutes. They also continued to hold the rebounding edge, especially on the offensive glass. While the Philippines continued to pressure defensively, doubling the ballscreens, Kazakhstan was able to adjust, hitting the rolling big man on multiple occasions for easy undergoal baskets. It was here that Fil-German Standhardinger went to work, getting offensive rebounds and scoring on back-to-back baskets midway through the 3rd, despite picking up his fourth personal with still 4 minutes left in the quarter. This turned out to be Kazakhstan’s best quarter, and the only one where the breached the 20-pt mark, outscoring Gilas 23-20. Whether it was the adrenaline rush with the arrival of Jordan Clarkson in the venue or an earful from Coach Yeng at the end of the third, Gilas started out much better in the fourth, with Pringle once again leading the charge. He hit back-to-back baskets to get to his game high 18pts to start the fourth period; while Almazan – who had multiple skirmishes throughout the game – also hit back-to-back baskets. By the time Paul Lee hit his 3rd consecutive triple midway through the fourth – his only field goals of the game – the game had been blown wide open on a Gilas 20-9 fourth quarter run, 81-52. At that point everyone started getting into the scoring picture while they kept the defensive intensity and held Kazakhstan to just 16 points in the fourth for an emphatic 96-59 opening day win. It was an impressive start to the tournament for Gilas, despite the absence of Kazakhstan’s best player due to injury, and more so with all that had happened prior to arriving in Indonesia. They now have four days to prepare for a key matchup with powerhouse China. With Clarkson, they get not just another elite athlete on the perimeter, but a legitimate NBA talent in his prime. It will take a lot more than that however, as the game against Kazakhstan showed. There will be no room for error against the huge and athletic Chinese frontline, and their younger guards. Defensively they’ll have to communicate as well, if not better; and our bigs will have to work extra hard to box out their Chinese counterparts. We can’t give up too many fouls, as the Chinese are tremendously better free throw shooters, and putting our already thin frontline in foul trouble will further limit their ability to implement Coach Yeng’s defensive gameplan. Offensively, I’m confident we have the talent to compete or even surpass China in the perimeter, and everyone knows Coach Yeng is a master at bringing out the best in his players. If our guards can wreak havoc and break China’s perimeter defense, and we’ll be able to get open looks both inside and out. If our bigs, Belga, Erram, Standhardinger, Almazan, and Taulava can limit China’s 2nd chance opportunities and give us a decent amount of 2nd looks, then we definitely have a shot. This Gilas squad definitely looks promising. I’m sure glad we decided to send one.  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 18th, 2018Related News

Biles electrifies on 1st day of US gymnastics championships

BOSTON --- Simone Biles didn't come back after a two-year break from gymnastics to just win. That's not really what it's about for the Olympic champion. She's won enough --- more than enough really --- during her career. And she's got the medals to prove it. The second act of her remarkable career is about something more. At 21, she has a greater appreciation of her own natural abilities than she did when she won four golds at the 2016 Olympics. She wants to find out where all that talent and all that power can take her and her sport. "I have nothing to prove," Biles said. "I can quit if I wanted to." No chance. She's simply too curious to see where this thing goes. Biles dominated...Keep on reading: Biles electrifies on 1st day of US gymnastics championships.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 18th, 2018Related News

More rate hikes possible as BSP sees Aug-Sept inflation peak

Nestor Espenilla Jr. --RICHARDA. REYES Inflation will likely get worse over the next two months, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas warned on Friday, but noted that relief from the unrelenting price h.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsAug 18th, 2018Related News

Inflation not likely to reach 6% — BSP

Inflation may not hit six percent when it peaks either in August or September, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: FinanceAug 18th, 2018Related News

Visayan Culinary Talent Takes Centerstage at FunlasangPinoy Year 2

TOP CHEFS and cooks representingLeyte, Cebu, Panay, and Busuanga delved into the heart of native flavors and ingredients andturned classic Filipino favorites – crispy pata, adobo, kare-kare, bulalo, and sisig –into culinary delights with novel tastesat the first-ever Visayas leg of the Knorr FunlasangPinoy Twist Fest Year 2. Chef Nico Julius Joson, who hails from […] The post Visayan Culinary Talent Takes Centerstage at FunlasangPinoy Year 2 appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Source: Thedailyguardian ThedailyguardianCategory: NewsAug 18th, 2018Related News

AP source: Browns, Dez Bryant still talking but no deal

By Tom Withers, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Dez Bryant and the Browns are in a holding pattern. The free agent wide receiver concluded his visit with Cleveland on Friday without agreeing to a contract, but "conversations continue" between the sides, a person familiar with negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks. A three-time Pro Bowler during eight seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, Bryant and agent Kim Maile met with Browns officials at team headquarters Thursday. The discussions carried over to a second day, ending with a promise to stay in touch. It's not known if Bryant has left town. The Browns host the Buffalo Bills in an exhibition game Friday night. One of the NFL's top receivers, the sometimes temperamental Bryant was cut by Dallas in April. Although the Browns are coming off a 0-16 season, Bryant is intrigued about joining them. The 29-year-old reached out to general manager John Dorsey after watching the team on HBO's "Hard Knocks." Bryant is also friends with wide receiver Jarvis Landry, a three-time Pro Bowl selection with Miami who came to Cleveland in a trade. The Browns have significantly upgraded their talent and there is renewed optimism about a franchise that hasn't made the playoffs since 2002. If Bryant signs, the Browns would have three Pro Bowlers — Bryant, Landry and Josh Gordon — on their roster. Gordon is not with the team to deal with health issues, but the Browns are confident he'll be back this season......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 18th, 2018Related News

BSP: Inflation headed for new five-year high

August result ‘may actually be higher than the July number’ – Espenilla Inflation could hit a new five-year high this month but is unlikely to reach 6.0 percent, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Nestor Espenilla Jr. said on Friday. “[N]ext month we will see the August data and based in our assessment, the August [...] The post BSP: Inflation headed for new five-year high appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsAug 17th, 2018Related News

OFW remittances from ME down 15%

CITING figures from Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), a Visayan solon noted the decrease of remittances from Filipino workers in the Middle East. According to Leyte Rep. Henry Ong, the cash remittances from the Middle East dropped by 15.3 percent or $601.856 million in the whole January to June period….....»»

Source: Journal JournalCategory: NewsAug 17th, 2018Related News

Central bank sees inflation closer to 6% this month

By Elijah Joseph C. Tubayan, Reporter THE OVERALL RISE in prices of widely used goods can be expected to creep closer to six percent this month before peaking in September, the head of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said in a forum on Friday. In a panel discussion during the National Press Club economic… link: Central bank sees inflation closer to 6% this month.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Aug 17th, 2018Related News